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2nd Dec '16 9:57:30 AM VutherA
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** Uther the Lightbringer, the proto-paladin in the Warcraft series, represented them as a Support hero in Blizzard's MassiveMultiplayerCrossover {{MOBA}} of their universes ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm''.



** ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' has the Paladin as one of the selectable classes. He left the CorruptChurch of Zakarum and seeks to destroy the demons responsible for its corruption.

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** ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' has the Paladin as one of the selectable classes. He left the CorruptChurch of Zakarum and seeks to destroy the demons responsible for its corruption. '''III''' makes it clear there are many Paladins of Zakarum that remain with the church and have become far more in-name-only individuals.



** As do the Crusaders of the ''Reaper of Souls'' expansion, who are seeking to purify and restore the Zakarum faith to its former glory.

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** As do the Crusaders of the ''Reaper of Souls'' expansion, who are seeking to purify and restore the Zakarum faith to its former glory. The conceptual similarities between the Crusaders and Blizzard's paladins of ''{{VideoGame/Warcraft}}'' led to them making the Crusader character Johanna riff on Uther (the Warcraft Paladin) in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm''.
28th Nov '16 1:14:57 AM Koveras
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** ''{{TabletopGame/Pathfinder}}'', as a continuation of the TabletopGame/D20System D&D line, also has the classic paladins. They're a bit beefed-up compared to what they were in 3.5. Optional rules give them different versions of [[TheFettered the paladin code]] depending on what god they follow.

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** ''{{TabletopGame/Pathfinder}}'', as a continuation of the TabletopGame/D20System D&D line, also has the classic paladins. They're a bit beefed-up compared to what they were in 3.5. Optional rules give them different versions of [[TheFettered the paladin code]] depending on what god they follow. Speaking of gods, the ''Pathfinder'' setting Golarion has an actual paladin deity: the goddess Iomedae was formerly a high-level paladin herself, who was so LawfulGood in life, she became one of only three mortals to pass the Starstone Test and to ascend to godhood as a divine patron of all paladins and other lawful good warriors.
29th Oct '16 2:36:37 PM nombretomado
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* {{Guild Wars 2}} introduced into the Guild Wars universe the class known as the Guardian, which is the spiritual successor to the [[TheLancer Paragon]] and the [[WhiteMage Monk]] and which has elements of the [[SummonMagic Ritualist]] as it is a White Magic Wielding Warrior who can if using the appropriate abilities, summon spiritual weapons to do his bidding. Unlike many Paladins however he does not draw his powers from the divine, as the {{NayTheist}} [[CatFolk Charr]] can use the class.

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* {{Guild ''VideoGame/{{Guild Wars 2}} 2}}'' introduced into the Guild Wars universe the class known as the Guardian, which is the spiritual successor to the [[TheLancer Paragon]] and the [[WhiteMage Monk]] and which has elements of the [[SummonMagic Ritualist]] as it is a White Magic Wielding Warrior who can if using the appropriate abilities, summon spiritual weapons to do his bidding. Unlike many Paladins however he does not draw his powers from the divine, as the {{NayTheist}} [[CatFolk Charr]] can use the class.
13th Oct '16 8:22:54 PM sgamer82
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** Over the course of ''Split the Party'', [[spoiler:Timuscor, the knight Tim had played during ''[=NPCs=]]] expresses a desire to be a paladin, but is disheartened to find he lacks the kind of devotion the job requires, since the gods only make paladins of their followers. Before going into the climax of the story, he says a prayer offering himself as a paladin to any god who will take him, and this desire also [[spoiler:spurs his HeroicSacrifice near the end of the book]].

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** Over the course of ''Split the Party'', [[spoiler:Timuscor, the knight Tim had played during ''[=NPCs=]]] ''[=NPCs=]'']] expresses a desire to be a paladin, but is disheartened to find he lacks the kind of devotion the job requires, since the gods only make paladins of their followers. Before going into the climax of the story, he says a prayer offering himself as a paladin to any god who will take him, and this desire also [[spoiler:spurs his HeroicSacrifice near the end of the book]].
13th Oct '16 8:22:24 PM sgamer82
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* ''Literature/SpellsSwordsAndStealth'':
** Tim starts out playing a paladin at the start of ''[=NPCs=]'', but is forced to roll a more mundane warrior by the other players so he wouldn't get in the way of their being murderous bastards. Tim gets to play a paladin again in ''Split the Party'' and is a natural at it.
** Thistle finds himself given the offer to become a paladin for his god, Grumble. Thistle is reluctant, given the limitations and requirements that come with the position, but ultimately agrees to save his friends' lives.
** Over the course of ''Split the Party'', [[spoiler:Timuscor, the knight Tim had played during ''[=NPCs=]]] expresses a desire to be a paladin, but is disheartened to find he lacks the kind of devotion the job requires, since the gods only make paladins of their followers. Before going into the climax of the story, he says a prayer offering himself as a paladin to any god who will take him, and this desire also [[spoiler:spurs his HeroicSacrifice near the end of the book]].
30th Sep '16 9:40:08 PM magnum12
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Paladins are warriors [[IncorruptiblePurePureness dedicated to furthering the cause of all that is good]]. Holy crusaders, they combat the forces of evil wherever they are found, and [[WeHelpTheHelpless defend the helpless as much as possible]]. Above all else, paladins are ''[[AlwaysLawfulGood good]]''. An evil paladin is a literal contradiction of terms; a paladin that turns evil [[FallenHero ceases to be a paladin]][[note]]Though in settings with GreyAndGrayMorality, or where LightIsNotGood, [[HeroAntagonist villainous paladins]] may still exist.[[/note]]. As holy warriors, they're almost always associated with TheOrder, which are usually religious, or at least spiritual, in nature. While their Order may be tied to a [[TheChurch specific church]] worshiping a GodOfGood, they are just as often dedicated to a [[SentientCosmicForce more general power]] (frequently [[LightIsGood The Light]]). As such, paladins are frequently {{Church Militant}}s and may have aspects of the WarriorMonk. Paladins are often TheChosenMany, with new paladins just beginning to learn about their powers being found and taught by older, more experienced paladins. When not part of TheOrder (or if their order is disbanded), a paladin will usually be a KnightErrant instead.

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Paladins are warriors [[IncorruptiblePurePureness dedicated to furthering the cause of all that is good]]. Holy crusaders, they combat the forces of evil wherever they are found, and [[WeHelpTheHelpless defend the helpless as much as possible]]. Above all else, paladins are ''[[AlwaysLawfulGood good]]''. An evil paladin is a literal contradiction of terms; a paladin that turns evil [[FallenHero ceases to be a paladin]][[note]]Though in settings with GreyAndGrayMorality, or where LightIsNotGood, [[HeroAntagonist villainous paladins]] may still exist.[[/note]]. As holy warriors, they're almost always associated with TheOrder, which are usually religious, or at least spiritual, in nature. While their Order may be tied to a [[TheChurch specific church]] worshiping a GodOfGood, they are just as often dedicated to a [[SentientCosmicForce more general power]] (frequently [[LightIsGood The Light]]). As such, paladins are frequently {{Church Militant}}s and may have aspects of the WarriorMonk. Paladins are often TheChosenMany, with new paladins just beginning to learn about their powers being found and taught by older, more experienced paladins. When not part of TheOrder (or if their order is disbanded), a paladin will usually be a KnightErrant instead. \n Their weapon of choice will typically be a long sword (usually with shield) or a hammer (maybe two handed).
18th Sep '16 7:23:29 PM Necrodomo
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* Half of all [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]] in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' are Paladins. They get magic armor, an arsenal of [[HolyHandGrenade Holy Hand Grenades]] (figuratively or literally depending on one's build) and the power to SmiteEvil, but they can lose it all if they don't keep up their moral standing. Given what the god in charge of judging morality [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity is like]] in this universe, the easiest way to do this is through KnightTemplar tendencies.
14th Sep '16 10:59:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': Lord Parsifal, the Grand Master of the Knights of Justice, is a completely devout and heroic warrior who fights on the emperor's side in various wars, though he specifies that he serves God alone. His counterpart Frater Sinister of the Knights of Light is both corrupt and [[TheStarscream ambitious]].
31st Aug '16 4:49:36 PM nombretomado
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* The Church Knights from ''TheElenium'' by Creator/DavidEddings are Paladins, though it can be hard to see through their worldly tarnish on the Pandion, Genidian and Alcione knights. Cyrinic Knights are closest to the ideal, being the most religious and having shiny armour to boot. The manner of their [[spoiler:Preceptor Abriel's death -- charging a 300+ foot monster --]] is very Paladin.

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* The Church Knights from ''TheElenium'' ''Literature/TheElenium'' by Creator/DavidEddings are Paladins, though it can be hard to see through their worldly tarnish on the Pandion, Genidian and Alcione knights. Cyrinic Knights are closest to the ideal, being the most religious and having shiny armour to boot. The manner of their [[spoiler:Preceptor Abriel's death -- charging a 300+ foot monster --]] is very Paladin.
25th Aug '16 8:20:47 AM Valen
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* Artix Von Krieger from ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'', ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' and other games of the same company subverts the concept. He has a ''compulsive'' need to smite any undead creatures he comes across, and ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' reveals that [[spoiler:Artix is the Champion of Darkness, and as such cannot use the light-based magic of a Paladin. Instead, he was trained in the ways of the Undead Slayer, whose power and purpose is to free the souls of those enslaved by undeath]]. Paladin is also an available class in pretty much any Artix Entertainment fantasy game, though at least one version is member only.

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* Artix Von Krieger [[BigGood Artix]] [[IdiotHero von]] [[ChronicHeroSyndrome Krieger]] from ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'', ''VideoGame/DragonFable'' and other games of the same company subverts the concept. He has a ''compulsive'' need to smite any undead creatures he comes across, and ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' reveals that [[spoiler:Artix is the Champion of Darkness, and as such cannot use the light-based magic of a Paladin. Instead, he was trained in the ways of the Undead Slayer, whose power and purpose is to free the souls of those enslaved by undeath]]. Paladin is also an available class in pretty much any Artix Entertainment fantasy game, though at least one version is member only.
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